The Weald of Kent, Surrey and Sussex
Ralph Hogge
Printer friendly version

One of the most famous iron-masters of England was Ralph Hogge of Buxted who cast the first English iron cannon at Buxted in 1543. He was assisted by Peter Baude, a French brass-gunfounder of Houndsditch. The name Hogge is assumed to be the same as Huggett in the local couplet:

"Master Huggett and his man John
They did cast the first cannon."

Ralph Hogge probably had several foundries in the neighbourhood and in 1581 he built the Hogge House, Buxted, recording his name and the date in the form of a cast-iron rebus over the door.


See also Buxted the Beautiful by Rev. K.H. MacDermott published in 1929 and
Date
Type
Information
Source
 
c 1525
Born
 
 
1543
History
Buxted The Beautiful
 
One of the most famous iron-masters of England was Ralph Hogge of Buxted, who, according to the Victoria History of Sussex, cast the first English iron cannon at Buxted in 1543. He was assisted by Peter Baude, a French brass-gunfounder of Houndsditch.
The name Hogge is assumed to be the same as Huggett, according to a local couplet on the event that has reaped more fame than it merits.
“Master Huggett and his man John
They did cast the first cannon.”
 
1574
History
Buxted The Beautiful
 
Ralph Hogge probably had several foundries in the neighbourhood for he is described as of Marshalls, Maresfield, about 1574.
 
1580
Married
Margaret Henslow at St Bartholomew Parish Church in the Parish of Maresfield, Sussex
Buxted The Beautiful
 
1581
History
Buxted The Beautiful
 
On the north side of Hogge House is a cast from plaque with a hog in relief upon it and the date, 1581, underneath. This is a rebus on the name of the great iron founder who built the house and no doubt lived in it till his death in 1585.
 
Dec 1585
Died
In the Parish of Buxted, Sussex
Buxted The Beautiful
 
13th Dec 1585
Buried
At St. Mary's Church in the Parish of Buxted, Sussex
Buxted The Beautiful
 
1588
History
Buxted The Beautiful
 
Three years afterwards [1588] the house [Hogge House] was sold by “Thomas Hog of Buxstedd to James Burgess” and the deed of conveyance (dated 30th Elizabeth) bears this endorsement:“In this house lived ralp Hog who at the then furnace at Buxted cast the first cannon that was cast in England.”

No ancestor's report
No descendent's report
Hog, Hoges, Hogg, Hogge individual records

The Weald is at  Database version 12.3 which has ongoing updates to the 379,102 people; 9,000 places; 613 maps; 3,308 pictures, engravings and photographs; and 242 books loaded in the previous version

Fasthosts web site  
ODNB  
British Libarary  
High Weald  
Sussex Family History Group  
Sussex Record Society  
Sussex Archaeological Society  
Kent Archaeological Society  
Mid Kent Marriages  
Ancestry  
Genes Reunited  
International Genealogical Index  
National Archives  

Top
of the
page